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Posted on September 21, 2015 in Briefly, News
By USM Free Press


The University of Maine System has reduced carbon emissions across its seven campuses and other statewide facilities by 26 percent since 2006, according to a report released Thursday.

During the 2016 heating season, the system expects to cut its consumption of heating oil by more than 500,000 gallons, a 49 percent reduction from last winter.

That was accomplished largely through two major conversions — one that will bring compressed natural gas to the University of Maine at Machias and replace 13 of its aging boilers, and another that will heat the University of Maine at Farmington with woodchips.

“We are working hard to be responsible stewards of the tax and tuition dollars entrusted to the university system and of the environment,” said Norman Fournier, chairman of the finance and facilities committee. “Our targeted investments and campus-led conservation initiatives are reducing our carbon emissions and our overall energy consumption.”

At the University of Southern Maine, the system is spending $3 million to replace the Portland campus’ 50-year-old heating plant equipment with natural gas-fired boilers.

USM students to present at TESOL conference

According to the TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) program, two students and five recent graduates have been invited to share their work at the Northern New England TESOL annual conference.

This conference will be held on Nov. 7, 2015 at the University of New Hampshire campus in Durham.

Presenters include Patty Jokie, Amy Kissel, Rebecca Graham, Heidi Haufe and Beth Skotarczak, along with their professor.

Seven new members of Husky Hall of Fame

The athletics department will add seven new members to the Husky Hall of Fame when it hosts the 30th annual Husky Hall of Fame banquet and induction ceremony on Sat. September 26 at the Brooks Student Center on the Gorham campus.

To be enshrined as part of the Class of 2015 are former soccer standout and All-WMAC selection, Carl Holmquist, Class of 1985; field hockey all-region selection, Erika Allen Gould, Class of 1998; a pitcher on the 1997 NCAA Division III National Championship baseball team Denny Webber, Class of 2000; a former track and field All-American, Michael Bunker, Class of 2006; the men’s ice hockey program’s all-time leader in points and goals scored, Mark Carragher, Class of 2007; the starting point guard for the 2005 and 2006 NCAA Division III women’s basketball Final Four teams, Katie Sibley, Class of 2007; and long-time women’s basketball coach and former Associate Director of Athletics, Gary Fifield.

The seven new inductees will bring the total number of former Southern Maine standouts in the Husky Hall of Fame to 197.

Hillary Clinton visits King Middle School

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton told an adoring crowd in Portland on Friday that the United States will return to what she called the failed Republican policies of trickle-down economics unless voters keep a Democrat in the White House in 2016.

“I want the American people to understand what the choice is,” said Clinton. “[Republicans] want to return to the failed policies of trickle-down economics. We can’t let the hard work that has been done by President [Barack] Obama to be ripped away.”

Clinton went to great lengths to associate herself with Obama. She started her speech by describing the nation’s struggling economy that greeted Obama when he took office in 2009, according to Bangor Daily News reporters Christopher Cousins and Michael Shepherd.

“I don’t think President Obama gets the credit he deserves for keeping us from falling even further,” said Clinton. “The recovery is proceeding, but we haven’t finished what we need to do.”

Clinton cycled through a bevy of familiar Democratic principles, such as increasing funding for schools, creating partnerships between students and businesses, raising taxes and eliminating tax loopholes that benefit the rich, along with some ambitious energy goals that mirror rhetoric from Obama’s 2008 campaign.

Clinton also focused on a couple of issues that many don’t think find their ways into political campaigns enough: increasing treatment for mentally ill and drug addicted people.

Clinton is the fourth presidential candidate who has visited Maine in recent weeks, though her visit last year in support of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud came well after she was presumed to be vying for the White House.

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